Care of springer eyes

by Nina Maxwell
(Honolulu HI)

Recently the vet diagnosed Kona with developing cataracts! She's barely even three years old, but she doesn't seem to see very well. Also, she get quite a bit of makapipipia (eye residue) and sometimes, her eyes get red (after a vigorous run) but even sometimes when she's just hanging out at home. Could be worried about those developing cataracts and the best way to take care of her eyes.

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Nov 15, 2009
by: Michele

There is a surgery for cataracts, though it may be one your vet does not perform. Usually, this is done a vet who specializes in ophthalmology. And if successful, it will help your dog to see. Ask your vet if this is something he would recommend. I found this information online:

Canine Cataracts
Advanced cataracts
If your animal is a candidate for cataract surgery, the surgery is 85-90% successful in recovering vision. The surgery requires general anesthesia and is often performed on an outpatient basis. The procedure for cataract removal in your pet is similar to small incision cataract surgery in people. Phacoemulsification (fako-emul-sif-ica-tion) uses high frequency sound waves to fragment the cataract into small pieces and permits aspiration from the eye. Once the cataract is removed, it does not recur. There are many inquiries about laser surgery for cataracts. This is a misunderstanding; lasers are not used for cataract removal, but for some complications that occur after cataract surgery has been performed. Some animals have an abnormally positioned lens, which may not allow for phacoemulsification. In these cases, the lens is removed in one piece through a large corneal incision.

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